Different Types Of Interviews And Their Respective Characteristics

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7. Describe the different types of interviews and their respective characteristics. What are the advantages and disadvantages?
There are about five different types of interviews used in practice. They are telephone interview, video interview, in person interview, structural panel interview, and group interview.
Telephone interview is usually a quick first-round interview with the function of screening. Through phone interview, interviewer can get a general understanding of candidates’ communication abilities, attitude towards the position and their professional knowledge. The advantages of phone interview are less limitation in geography and effectiveness of time and cost (Rick, 2011). Compared to in person interview, phone interview has no limitation of geography—an interviewer in New York can make a phone call with the candidate in Huston. Plus, due to the low phone plans cost, conducting phone interview is really costless. In the meanwhile, it is also time effective because interviewer need nearly no arrangement to interview another candidate after one interview. To be specific, assume each phone interview lasts for 15 minutes, interviewers may only need 5-minute break to conduct next phone interview, so we can say he/she can do 3 interviews in an hour. That is productive. However, phone interview has inevitable disadvantages. The most obvious one is less control of the interviewee. Because both sides cannot see each other, there is a chance that interviewee do something…
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